The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has awarded the University of Houston its highest classification for research universities – the equivalent of Tier One status. “I am so happy and so proud. Our students can say with pride they are getting a Tier One education,” UH President Renu Khator said after the announcement that the University was cited for its “very high research activity.” “Though this is not the end of our Tier One journey, it is a major milestone,” she said.
UH faculty reported receiving more than $100 million in research grants last year, more than any of the state’s other emerging research universities. UH’s goal is $200 million by 2021.
The Carnegie Foundation is a nationally recognized policy and research center that systematically evaluates and classifies colleges and universities based on empirical data. UH, which previously was in the “high research activity” category, now becomes the third public university in Texas in the top-tier group, joining The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. The Carnegie classification is commonly regarded as one of three indicators that reflect an institution’s rank as a Tier One institution. “Yes, we have obtained the designation of Tier One research, but I want to see our university be nationally competitive in the support and services it provides to students, and in the kinds of students it attracts, and the kind of student success it celebrates,” Khator said. “We are not resting until our student success rate reaches the level of national excellence we aspire to achieve. We have unfinished business.”
The university will host a “Celebration of Excellence” event at 11 a.m., Jan. 28 at Cullen Performance Hall in recognition of the Tier One achievement. Click here to read more.